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A Lenten Poem – Jesus in Gethsemane

The Two Gardens

by Ben Snyder

This poem is a reflection on the Gardens of Eden and Gethsemane.

(Eden)
It is good!
It is not good.
Where are you?

(Gethsemane)
You will fall away.
Come and pray.
No! I will die with You!

(Eden)
A place of life,
human and divine.
A place of strife,
the serpent on the vine.

(Gethsemane)
A place of anguish,
human and divine,
Betrayed by a kiss.
Dripping tears of wine.

(Eden)
Life undone,
the garden gone,
exile underway.

(Gethsemane)
The shepherd, the lamb,
submits to the plan,
a ram* willingly led away.

 

* The Garden of Gethsemane is close to a stone’s throw from the Temple Mount, the traditional site of the Akedah (where Abraham offered up Isaac). Gethsemane represents the place where the ram was caught by its horns, the sacrifice provided by God.

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